The LEGO video games are a whole bunch of fun. Nearly all of them are good, with of course a few missteps along the way. These are far and few in between, however, with mostly all of them being hysterically funny adaptations of their licensed property. With LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 coming out later this year, we wanted to take a look at the top games LEGO has made, and rank them from worst to best.
There are nine games listed below ranked in ascending order. Take a look and let us know what you think and what your favorite LEGO game is in the comments.
9. LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
I’m a Star Wars fan, but this game unfortunately was a bit of a money grab that took advantage of the film release. There was the wide mix of characters available and playable worlds from the franchise, but there was also a huge error in its setup. For some reason, LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens decided to make you wait to unlock freeplay and purchase characters until after you beat the story mode. This was a drastic change from previous games and took away from the freedom that they are known for. If you wanted to unlock a special Ironman costume then proceed back into a free play level in Marvel Super Heroes for an extra mini-kit, I could do that. In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I was forced to complete every level of the campaign first. This took away a lot from the game and made it too linear from the start. Navigating to specific locations was also a bit more difficult than previous games.
There were some new things added that helped the campaign, however. For the first time in a LEGO game, there was a cover based shooting system installed. Characters such as Han Solo or Chewbacca could take cover behind a tree limb before popping out to take a shot. It was similar to the Gears of War system where an enemy was automatically targeted. This was a fortunate decision as it kept with the ease of play that the games had become known for. Unfortunately, the Star Wars lore could not save the game from itself as it was pretty boring. The environments were pretty and character roster had variety, but being pigeonholed with freeplay and character unlock really set the game back for me.
8. LEGO Harry Potter Series
There are two games of Harry Potter with Years 1-4 and 5-7, but I like to treat them as one game. The reason is both utilize pretty much the same features and story line. Years 5-7 is more like part two of Years 1-4. It follows the movie story line pretty much to a tee, and the ability to use magic while flying around playing Quidditch was a nice break from the standard gameplay. I could have gone with the number of other LEGO games based on films like Indiana Jones or Jurassic World, but both of those had too many flaws to make the list (Jurassic World especially).
The magic surrounding Harry Potter was also pretty cool despite the massive cheese-fest. It was the cheese that made it good, and JK Rowling knew it. The games stuck with this mantra and it, along with LEGO’s classic humor, allowed the games to take off. It remains one of the most popular LEGO series to date.
7. LEGO Movie Video Game
This was much smaller than the typical LEGO game, and I was impressed on how it avoided becoming a money grab. We got to play through the entire movie, as well as a number of quests in several of its worlds. The side quests for bricks were not overly hard or simple either way, and it had just enough to merit a full game. Often times games based directly on films take the easy out and opt to ride on the coat tails of the film’s success.
The LEGO Movie Video Game didn’t do this, and it was a good game to play. It wasn’t as good as most LEGO games, but that was more due to the nature of the film than lack of effort put into the game. There is plenty to do in the game, and it will keep you busy for a long time.
6. LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean
Based off of the Disney films, LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the better franchises LEGO has made. Set back in 2011, it took the story of the first four Pirates films and transformed them brilliantly into a LEGO game. The movie humor alone is something hysterical, so adding that to the classic jokes we get from LEGO games made it even better. Being able to fight on land and with your ships made the game that much more enjoyable. It was one of the longer LEGO video games since it covered all four films. There were a total of 20 story levels (normally 15) with each of the films using five levels.
There were also a number of things that they changed regarding the story; which made for a good game. For one, at the end of the film Barbosa gets shot after the curse is lifted. In the game, he runs away then eats his ghost apple and dies after a falling rock lands on him. Of course, this sounds brutal, but it was made really funny with the LEGO humor we all know and love. It was just one of the more recent Games with Gold on Xbox One via backward compatibility, and should definitely be played when you get the chance.
5. LEGO The Hobbit
I was admittedly a bit iffy about this game when reading about it pre-release. One of the new features added to The Hobbit was the ability to mine for gems. These gems could be used to craft more powerful weapons in the game which would be needed to complete certain tasks. Fortunately, Tt Games set it up perfectly. It did not take away from the game at all but instead integrated into the game’s main story. There was just the right amount of exploring for gems in the campaign, and it was opened up in free roam quite easily. The areas to play in had a lot of variety, and I really enjoyed how the quests for bricks were tied to the type of environment you were in. Characters could also switch out different weapons/items to use. This took a bit of getting used to and was often frustrating. This was mitigated a bit due to the enjoyment of experimentation, but overall I found it more frustrating than enjoyable.
The roster in The Hobbit wasn’t that large, and that was a good thing due to what was the game’s worst attribute. Many of the characters such as Thorin, Fíli, Kíli, Óin, Glóin, Dwalin, Balin, Bifur, Bofur and Bombur look extremely similar. This made it incredibly difficult to find the character you needed, especially with how small their thumbnails were, and it was only enhanced by the smaller co-op split screen.
Overall, the story and free roam environments of The Hobbit made for a lot of fun gameplay hours. The character dialog was also incredibly funny with the typical LEGO one-liners that fans of the franchise will get a kick out of.
4. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
The first LEGO game to launch on the Xbox One, Marvel Super Heroes had a lot to offer. It followed up on Batman 2: DC Super Heroes and addressed its main flaw – character swapping. Marvel Super Heroes allowed you to simply hold the Y button in order to bring up the character wheel and swap characters. In LEGO Batman 2, you were forced to find a character station somewhere in the world, which was often times nowhere near where you needed to be.
The story focused around Galactus eating Earth, and the game included a total of 250 gold bricks to collect. It introduced Stan Lee in Peril, an open-world Manhattan, and an incredibly funny Deadpool hosting the bonus stages. One of its downfalls was admittedly the flight mechanics. The controls were stiff and were made very frustrating when combined with the difficult camera angles. Not much else was wrong with the game, and Marvel Super Heroes set the bar to follow for the games that come after it.
3. LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
After LEGO Batman 2, I admittedly was skeptical for Beyond Gotham. Those hesitations were quickly squashed, however, as Beyond Gotham became the 2nd best LEGO game made to date. The first game to include a season pass, Beyond Gotham, was also the first to offer various hub worlds. You can travel to each of the Lantern worlds as well as Earth, moon, Batcave and Hall of Justice.
The season pass was incredibly vast, offering playable worlds from Bizarro, Batman 75th anniversary, Green Arrow, Man of Steel, Dark Knight, Future Batman and Suicide Squad. A total of over 260 characters is available, which makes it the largest roster in a LEGO game to date.
2. LEGO Marvel’s Avengers
To date, this is the best LEGO game which is not a toys-to-life game. As an individual game, Marvel’s Avengers is a simply gigantic game. It covers six films, including the first two Captain Americas, two Avengers, Thor The Dark World and Ironman 3. In addition to a massive base game, it also became the second LEGO game to offer a season pass. There were five packs included with the game covering Agents of Shield, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Doctor Strange and Masters of Evil. In addition to Manhattan, you could travel to Asgard, Sokovia, South Africa and Malibu, each with their own respective missions, characters, and bricks.
It also has the 2nd largest character count of any LEGO game to date with exactly 245 characters/alternate costumes. Combine that with the option of team-up moves between specific characters, and Marvels’ Avengers is the deepest LEGO game made to date. One change I would make is the character select while in split-screen. In Marvel Super Heroes, bringing up the character screen in split-screen co-op would constrict it to one side of the screen and allow the other player to keep going uninterrupted. If that second player opened up the screen while the first player had their’s open, it would make the roster full screen and easier to view. For some reason, this was changed in LEGO Marvel’s Avengers. The roster functioned as two separate split-screens and made it much more difficult to find your roster. I like to play these games with my son, and often times one of us had to drop out in order for the other to find their character in the full screen.
1. LEGO Dimensions
This has to be number one without a doubt. I wrote about a game of this type back in early 2015 before it was first mentioned, and I have nearly every pack. I can’t bring myself to buy the new Ghostbusters story pack. I can’t do it. The rest of the packs have so much variety and give us everything LEGO fans have wanted in a toys to life game. Other games like Disney Infinity or Skylanders restricted your use of characters to their respective world. LEGO Dimensions lets you use any character wherever you want. If you want to drop Beetlejuice in the Batmobile and put him in the Back to the Future World, then go ahead.
Your imagination is the limit in LEGO Dimensions, and there is an incredible amount of options available to us. There are nine waves included in the first two seasons that span 27 franchises with exactly 60 packs you can buy. Season two saw the introduction of Battle Arenas which allowed up to four players to take part in various mini-games with their favorite characters. Not only does each pack come with a character, but that character grants access to their individual world as well. This world generally includes various missions and approximately 27 more gold bricks to obtain.
There was initially three years of planned packs to be released for LEGO Dimensions, but it was unfortunately cut short after season two. The final waves will release later this month and include Teen Titans Go!, Beetlejuice and Power Puff Girls.
LEGO has a number of great games, and of course, your favorite may not have made the list. Maybe it did, but you think it should be in a different spot than where we had it.
Did your favorite LEGO game make the list? Let us know below
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